Ezekiel 7 Commentary
Time is up. Disaster after disaster. That is Israel’s fate. The LORD is angry.
Who would argue? Within a very short period of time, sword, famine, and plague have left the nation in real trouble – real pain. Real suffering. Indeed, the LORD is angry. He won’t look away.
Within 22 years, three of Josiah’s sons and a grandson sit on David’s throne. One is deposed and deported to Egypt while two are exiled to Babylon. A fourth is blinded and killed by Nebuchadnezzar. They are Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah – names imposed on Israel’s leaders by foreign powers.
At what point does a man sit down and see his fate as a consequence of God’s wrath? What kind of religion is this that never recognizes God’s wrath when it strikes?
Indeed, the LORD hasn’t felt sorry for Israel.
The chapter describes a time when money won’t buy you a solution. Well, it hasn’t bought life for those who truly desired or even deserved it. A disaster from above laughs at human solutions!
Ezekiel is written to highlight God’s wrath in high definition and hopes humanity can come to the knowledge of the Creator God. It is a fundamental part of God’s character. When the LORD withdraws His hand of love, hell breaks loose and life shrinks into death. It is a picture that tells one to wake up to the realities of death as a consequence of rebellion.
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